LACUNA COIL, the first (and so far only) Italian band to contribute a song to the Guitar Hero soundtrack, was the special guest at the launch party for Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock, held in Milan, Italy this past Thursday (November 29). During the presentation, guitarist Marco "Maus" Biazzi went onstage and challenged a member of the audience to play the game against him — promising he wouldn't choose "Closer", LACUNA COIL's track on the game. The results can be seen in the video below, while pictures of the event (including the Guitar Hero plaque won by Maus) can be seen on the Italian news blog Musica Metal at this location.
In a recent interview with Australia's The Metal Forge, LACUNA COIL singer Andrea Ferro was asked to comment on the perception from some longtime fans that the band has abandoned its roots on its latest CD, "Karmacode". "Every time you try to step a bit in a different direction you always have the old-school fans that don't approve and you have new people coming to you," he replied. "I think its normal for every band. We are the kind of band which try to change a little bit on every album, improve and move in to a different direction, so it's normal for us to receive these kinds of comments. It's just a natural thing, it's a spontaneous thing. For every band there is an evolution. If you play the same style album after album it can be more rewarding in a way for the old-school fans but it's just not the way we are. We've never been like that. It's a natural course for us to change album after album. . . It's not honest if we just keep doing the same album because we know a certain amount of people are going to buy it. It's just not honest for us because we're not the same people we were in 2001 when we wrote the previous album. It's normal that in 3-4 years you change, you experience different things. It's not like we are going to do a techno or hip-hop album, it's still going to be a rock/metal album but of course there's going some little different directions we are going to take because it's just the way we experience our life and we can't just live forever with the same sound or the same riffs. We try to evolve the music."